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Hipster Lit

Hip*ster: one who possesses tastes, social attitudes and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term "cool." A Hipster would say instead "deck."

The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not one of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than two-per-cent body fat.

- The Hipster Handbook by Robert Lanham

After reading Robert Lanham’s Hipster Handbook (Anchor, $14.95), would-be hipsters will make their way to bookstores with a long list of required reading. "All hipsters are selective about reading and wouldn’t be caught dead reading garbage written by Tom Clancy, Belva Plain or Nora Roberts," writes Lanham. "Hipsters often allow hip books to dangle from their bags to show others how cutting-edge they are."

Here’s Lanham’s must reads for the hipster crowd:

  1. 1.
    Frisk: A Novel (Cooper, Dennis)
    by Dennis Cooper

  2. 2.
    Franny and Zooey
    by J. D. Salinger

  3. 3.
    High Fidelity
    by Nick Hornby

  4. 4.
    Valley of the Dolls
    by Jacqueline Susann

  5. 5.
    Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes
    by Terry Southern

  6. 6.
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel
    by Haruki Murakami

  7. 7.
    Infinite Jest: A Novel
    by David Foster Wallace

  8. 8.
    Notable American Women: A Novel
    by Ben Marcus

  9. 9.
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    by Dave Eggers

  10. 10.
    The Killer Inside Me
    by Jim Thompson

  11. 11.
    Delta of Venus
    by Anais Nin

  12. 12.
    Mason & Dixon: A Novel
    by Thomas Pynchon

  13. 13.
    by Raymond Carver

  14. 15.
    A Moveable Feast
    by Ernest Hemingway

  15. 16.
    Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
    by Hunter S. Thompson

  16. 17.
    Great Jones Street (Contemporary American Fiction)
    by Don DeLillo

  17. 18.
    Farewell, My Lovely
    by Raymond Chandler

  18. 19.
    We: A Novel of the Future (Transaction Large Print Books)
    by Eugene Zamiatin

  19. 20.
    The Stranger
    by Albert Camus

  20. 21.
    London Fields
    by Martin Amis

  21. 22.
    Mama Black Widow
    by Iceberg Slim

  22. 23.
    Tropic of Cancer
    by Henry Miller

  23. 24.
    White Teeth: A Novel
    by Zadie Smith

  24. 25.
    by David Sedaris

  25. 26.
    The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)
    by Carolyn Keene

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Created by starlagurl on Mar 26, 2006.


The Ultimate Hipster Book — 3 years ago

How can you have a list of hipster books without On the Road? It’s the Original. And if you have that, you should have the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.

A rival book — 7 years ago

Hip, the History, was written along the same lines, but more academic.


Untitled — 8 years ago

Oh and Mr. Eggers isn’t THAT bad, come on now, Mr. Phillips.

Untitled — 8 years ago

Haha, yeah this list is pretty crappy. I read them all because hipsters are amusing to me and I wanted to see into their brains!

Untitled — 8 years ago

Reading David Sedaris is definitely required to be a hipster.

A Heartbreaking Work, though, was one of the biggest wastes of time I’ve ever read. I have never encountered a more self-absorbed and dull author.

two-per-cent body fat? — 8 years ago

So that settles it, je ne suis pas une hipster.

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